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[loob] /lub/
noun, Informal.
lubrication, especially an application of a lubricant to a vehicle.
verb (used with object), lubed, lubing.
to lubricate:
to lube a bicycle chain.
Origin of lube
by shortening Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for lube
  • Crude oil contains only a small amount of boiling cuts suitable for lube oil.
  • After you are done cleaning make sure to lube your chain and cables.
  • Close all condensers and lube oil cooler drain valves while waiting for the fuel oil to heat up to light off temperature.
  • Check for loose or worn pulleys and lube fan drive bearing.
  • Using lube before putting on the dam can make it feel better for your partner.
Word Origin and History for lube

1934, colloquial shortening of lubrication. As a verb (short for lubricate) recorded from 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lube



: lube rack

  1. (also lube job) A lubrication; grease job; a greasing: accused the Packers of giving their jerseys a lube job to prevent offensive linemen from holding (1950s+)
  2. (also lubricant) Butter (Students)

[last sense from the likening of butter and grease]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for lube


  1. lubricant
  2. lubricate
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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